This evening: The Amazing Leopold’s first performance
Night 2: Fight at Tessik’s
Day 3: The shipment arrives
The party began the session in the secret guild house beneath the Skylarks’ office, sorting through the items found in the abandoned warehouse and discussing their next steps. Of particular interest was the syringe and the 4 vials of clear liquid. Malachi tasted a small amount of it, but it proved to be tasteless and had no immediate effect. The party, after consulting with their guild leader, Barbas, was able to determine that the liquid was a powerful ingested poison. However, the specific type remained unknown.
Barbas remained behind with the new recruits, Kavi Jas and Varo Pavan, while everyone else went to the first performance of the Amazing Leopold Krauss. Barbas seemed intent on drowning his sorrows in brandy from his private strong room due to the loss of his best friend, Terzo, during the robbery.
The Chimney Sweeps
At the entrance to the Rose and Rake, the party encountered Saffo Bria, the leader of the Chimney Sweeps. Saffo was accompanied by his lieutenant, Emilio, as well as two tough-looking Shoanti thugs, one of whom had an eye patch, and the other carried a bandolier of daggers. Saffo expressed concern over the recent robbery to the party and asked after the health of Barbas. Some of the party had doubts as to his sincerity, and considered his words to be a veiled threat.
The Amazing Leopold Krauss
Inside the theater, dramatic lighting and eerie music preceded the entrance of the Amazing Leopold. The music filled the entire chamber, even though it is seems to only be coming from one instrument – a mandolin. This was the bard, Hans Rudell, who often travels with Leopold and is known to play a Canaith Mandolin – a famous bardic instrument.
The Amazing Leopold entered the stage, saying: “Matter can neither be created nor destroyed. That is what our sages would have us believe. Even the forces and entities conjured up by the magical arts must still come from somewhere, be it the realm of the fae or the elemental planes. I, however, will show you tonight, just how wrong they are.”
Using paints from an antique wooden box, he moved to an easel where he painted a rose. He then reached out and removed the rose from the drawing, and it became a three dimensional object in his hand. He laid the rose on a table, then painted a box on the easel. He removed the box from the painting, opened the lid, and deposited the rose inside. Using mirrors to show the audience, Leopold then painted a five foot square hole in the floor, inside which he placed the box. Then, using a large sheet of parchment to cover the hole, he painted a wooden floor to match the original. Tearing away the excess parchment at the edges, he revealed that the floor was now intact and indistinguishable from the original.
Leopold returned to the easel, painted a second rose, then painted a second box over it. He removed the box from the easel, removed the rose from the box, then gave it to a young girl in the front of the audience. He then proceeded to the back of the stage where he painted a door in the stone wall, opened it and departed.
After the performance, Kiera talked to Cirano de Cesare, a regular actor at the Rose and Rake. From him she learned that Leopold liked to go out in the mornings and at noon, usually accompanied by local hired guards. It was his habit to carry a small box of paints with him when he went out. His two personal guards usually remained behind in his rooms to guard the second, larger, box of paints.
Murder Most Foul
The party returned to their guild house after the performance and made plans for the following day. There was a great deal of interest in stealing the Amazing Leopold’s paints, and they had determined that he was staying in one of the VIP rooms upstairs at the Rose and Rake. Also, plans were made to return to Dead Man’s Keep for the meeting the next day between the Chimney Sweeps and Washside Ringers. The party would disguise themselves as the Shoanti thugs who had attended the meeting on the previous day, who they had subsequently killed.
However, when midnight stuck, Malachi became violently ill from the small amount of poison he had ingested earlier in the day. It quickly became clear that the poison was of a type called Midnight Tears, one of the most powerful ingested poisons known. Malachi survived due to the fact that he only consumed a tiny dosage, but when the party entered the common area of the guild house, Barbas was found slumped over a table with a bottle of brandy nearby. He was dead, clearly from the same type of poison which had sickened Malachi.
Note the irony that earlier that day, the PCs had Barbas help identify the poison that he had already unknowingly consumed in the brandy, which would subsequently kill him that evening.
Around Barbas’ neck was a key, and the party had previous instructions that if something were to happen to him, they were to use the key to enter the strong room and find his last will and testament.
The party investigated the area and discovered that the bottle of brandy Barbas was drinking had a small hole in the cork, as if it had been pierced by a long, thin object. All of the remaining bottles in the strong room were similarly marked, apparently by the same syringe found in the possession of the Shoanti thugs at the abandoned warehouse. Also, upon re-examination of the lock to the strong room, very faint evidence of the use of lock picks was visible. The party then theorized that this was done during the robbery on the first day, and that the apparent incompetence of the thief really covered up what was done here in the strong room.
The party found and read Barbas’ will, which passed ownership of the Skylarks business to all five of the party members equally. Also, a small booklet with the codes and pass phrases for the next Thieves’ Moot was found there. In addition, Barbas left his most precious magic items to the party to be divided among themselves. These items consisted of a mask, an earring, a set of thieves’ tools, a ring and a rope.
Return to the Rose and Rake
The next morning, the Skylarks returned to the Rose and Rake, timing their arrival to coincide with the Amazing Leopold’s morning walk. Dol’oren picked the lock of the back door to the building, and the party entered in stealth.
The session ended here due to a server issue with Roll20.
Day 3 (Part 1)